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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens consume 28 percent of its nonrenewable resources, drive more than one-third of its automobiles, and use 21 times more water per capita than Europeans do.

(A) With
(B) As
(C) Being
(D) Despite having
(E) Although accounting for
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E it is.

Contrast required.
5% population ==> but high consumption

so only D and E left (despite and although)

Despite having is modifying the US not it's citizens so wrong
E is correct as modifying US citizens.
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read it as - US citizens "with/as/being/having/accounting for" 5% of the world's population...

In addition, the sentense needs to contrast US citizens with other citizens. Thus "although accounting for" is more logically sound.
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I have my doubts about E.

"Although" cannot be followed by a noun phrase; it needs a clause.
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I have my doubts about E.

"Although" cannot be followed by a noun phrase; it needs a clause.
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Good point here, I remember reading something like this in the Idioms chapter and it made me scan through the MG SC guide again. What's stated there is 'Although' should 'generally' be followed by a clause. Since this is not out and out a strict rule, in the absence of a better answer choice we could ignore this rule. The following statement has been marked 'suspect' in SC guide and not 'wrong': "Although a frequent napper, I study effectively"

I voted for E because the statement needed a contrast, but I still can't figure out why 'As' is wrong. Just like "As a child, I thought I could fly" is correct, why is "As X, United States citizens...." wrong? Can't we use 'As' as a preposition here and isn't X = "Only 5% of the world's population" a noun phrase? I guess I'm missing something silly here...

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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens consume 28 percent of its nonrenewable resources, drive more than one-third of its automobiles, and use 21 times more water per capita than Europeans do.

(A) With ---- with means that the US citizens are having 5% of the world population

(B) As – As without a verb means ‘in the role of’ – So the US citizens seems to play the role of 5% of the World population

(C) Being – As a thumb rule, ‘being’ used as a modifier is wrong in GMAT

(D) Despite having --- having means possessing. Wrong meaning

(E) Although accounting for--- best choice.

Now, for the question whether the subordinate conjunction although doesn’t entail a verb, the answer is that although when used at the beginning of a sentence, can be used as part of a modifier phrase without a verb. On the contrary when although is used at the end of the sentence, it can only be used in a clause.
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Though I chose E here, I am not happy with the option. Isn't "Although accounting for" a phrase?

My understanding is that "Although" is a subordinating conjunction and hence needs independent clauses to make them dependent. However, in the given question it is definitely not the case. So I conclude that my understanding is completely wrong. Can you please help?

The basis for my understanding was

OG 13 SC-74 Option E was eliminated stating "Although is a conjunction and should be followed by a finite clause with a subject, not by a participle. In addition....<snip>...optimal"

Another example:
OG 13 SC-132. The heirlooms question. Option A.

So how can GMAT choose E is an option in this sentence. Please help.
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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens consume 28 percent of its nonrenewable resources, drive more than one-third of its automobiles, and use 21 times more water per capita than Europeans do.

(A) With ---- with means that the US citizens are having 5% of the world population

(B) As – As without a verb means ‘in the role of’ – So the US citizens seems to play the role of 5% of the World population

(C) Being – As a thumb rule, ‘being’ used as a modifier is wrong in GMAT

(D) Despite having --- having means possessing. Wrong meaning
(E) Although accounting for--- best choice.

Now, for the question whether the subordinate conjunction although doesn’t entail a verb, the answer is that although when used at the beginning of a sentence, can be used as part of a modifier phrase without a verb. On the contrary when although is used at the end of the sentence, it can only be used in a clause. Please look in to the following OG question

with-only-5-percent-of-the-world-s-population-united-states-118739.html?fl=similar


Hi Daagh,

I had this strange doubt that as option E acts as modifier , and is modifying US citizens then shouldn't united states's citizens better construction than united states citizens.

I may be acting a bit skeptical :idea:

Please let us know about this usage.
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Maybe. But not in E alone, in all choices. You see, the citizens part is not even underlined. But I think the point of this question is whether the modifiers fit in logically with what they seek to modify.
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With only 5 percent of the world's population, United States citizens consume 28 percent of its nonrenewable resources, drive more than one-third of its automobiles, and use 21 times more water per capita than Europeans do.


If we go by the meaning we sentence needs a word that show contrast, because this sentence conveys the meaning that ONLY 5% of world's population, US citizens.....consume 28% of...drive more...and use 21 times more.....

(A) With
with does not show contrast. Also with is wrong as after comma we US citizens. It seems like with 5% of population citizens do bla bla bla..

(B) As
Shows no contrast. Also conveys wrong meaning.

(C) Being
Shows no contrast. Also conveys wrong meaning.

(D) Despite having
If we miss that its not US but US citizens then this choice could be picked in hurry. "despite having 5% population.., citizens consume" - wrong meaning.

(E) Although accounting for

Yes US citizens account for 5% of the worlds population and consume...drive..use... - correct meaning.
Although shows the contrast.
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The best choices are obviously C & E. But Why should I choose E over C. Even C is perfectly alright from grammatical point of view
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merajul wrote:
The best choices are obviously C & E. But Why should I choose E over C. Even C is perfectly alright from grammatical point of view


The US citizens themselves ARE (verb "to be") not 5% of the population - citizens cannot BE population, they CONSTITUTE or ACCOUNT FOR 5% of the population. Hence verb "being" (in option C) is wrong.

In country X, women ARE 50% of the population... wrong.
In country X, women CONSTITUTE / ACCOUNT FOR 50% of the population... correct.
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daagh wrote:
The modified noun is “the US citizens. The text means to imply a contrast

A. With --- sounds as if the US citizens possess 5% of world population; contrast is missing
B. As – comparing 5% with the US citizens; contrast is missing
C. Being –being renders the choice wrong; contrast is missing
D. Despite having --- citizens are said to be having 5% of population - wrong
E. Although accounting for—correct choice, - the US citizens account for 5%; the contrast is established by the conjunction ‘although’



Hey Daagh,
I understand that E is the best option here but overall isnt E incorrect? since it is following a subordinating conjunction not with a full noun + verb clause but with only an adjective or a participial phrase.
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